The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent far-right conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones a formal warning, ordering him to immediately stop selling “unapproved and unauthorized products for the mitigation, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or cure of COVID-19.
The FDA letter says that Jones is selling products on his InfoWars website claiming to “mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19.” These products include “Superblue Silver Immune Gargle,” “SuperSilver Whitening Toothpaste,” “SuperSilver Wound Dressing Gel” and “Superblue Fluoride Free Toothpaste.”
The FDA lists a few of the videos Jones published in which he hawks coronavirus remedies, including one in which he claims that his products are approved by the White House as known cures for the SARS family of viruses, of which coronavirus is a part.
“I’m not going to belabor this, I’m just gonna tell ya, that for just your daily life, and your gums and your teeth and for regular viruses and bacteria, the patented Nano Silver we have, the Pentagon has come out and documented, and homeland security have said this stuff kills the whole SARS corona family, at point-blank range,” he falsely claims in one of the videos.
Despite all the false claims and misinformation contained in the videos, Jones adds a contradictory disclaimer on his website, likely to try and shield himself from product liability lawsuits, consumer fraud claims, and other legal action his products might hatch.
The FDA gave Jones 48 hours to respond to the letter with a list of actions he and his company have taken to correct the violations. Failing to do so would result in “legal action, including, without limitation, seizure and injunction,” the agency warned.
Jones’ company is one of seven enterprises the FDA warned last week for hawking bogus coronavirus cures and preventatives. Televangelist Jim Bakker and a number of herbal companies also received an FDA warning for touting colloidal silver products, teas, tinctures, essential oils, and herbs as effective coronavirus cures and preventatives.
Jones, who received a similar warning from New York Attorney General Letitia James in mid-March, continued to push his products on April 9, the same day the FDA issued him a warning. MediaMatters notes that during his April 9 broadcast of Infowars’ The Alex Jones Show, Jones referenced the coronavirus pandemic as part of “the globalist war against humanity that we predicted” and then pitched several of his products as coronavirus treatments.
The InfoWars website was offline for several hours over the weekend while the company purged product pages touting phony coronavirus treatments. The products eventually reappeared with disclaimers that say the products are “not intended for use in the cure, treatment, prevention or mitigation of any disease, including the novel coronavirus.”
Unfortunately, extreme circumstances like this pandemic, as well as natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, bring out opportunists looking to take advantage of the public. Consumers are reminded to use caution when approached with any offers that seem “too good to be true.” They likely are. Look for information from regulatory authorities like the FDA and consumer watchdogs like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) when in doubt.